ANNA Renal Update 2/19-20

The Puget Sound Chapter of ANNA will present its 2015 Renal Update conference on February 19-20, 2015.  There will be no onsite registration, and online registration must be completed by February 9th.  Topics will include Communication, PD, Water, Diet, Vitamin D, CKD, Ebola, Vascular Access, Brain Health, Pediatric Care, Transplant, and others.  Details, including agenda and registration instructions, can be found at https://www.nwrn.org/files/N/2015RenalUpdate.pdf.

More on Ebola

The Ebola situation in the US is changing fast.  Find up-to-the-minute information at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/.  Here are some recent resources that may be useful:

Other Ebola and Infection Resources

In addition to the CDC resources, several other sources have contributed useful tools on Ebola and other types of infection.

CDC Updates: Ebola and Other Topics

The Centers for Disease Control has an extensive network of bulletins and updates – more than most people would want in their email inbox.  However, depending on your job or interests, some are important.

  • For established CDC web pages such as “Dialysis Safety” at http://www.cdc.gov/dialysis/ there’s an easy-to-use box on the right side of the screen titled “Get Email Updates.”
  • For other very useful web pages like the “Health Alert Network” at http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/ the process is much more arcane, but the “Sign Up for HAN E-mail Updates” link on that page does provide clear instructions (and an introduction to the breadth of CDC’s scope!).
  • For newer web pages like the Ebola page at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/ the update bulletin process isn’t specified yet, so checking that page every several days may be a good strategy while the situation is changing rapidly and CDC is posting new material literally daily.

CDC Ebola Recommendations

CDC has issued an Official Health Advisory to their Health Alert Network on Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials.  The Recommendations mostly involve screening travelers returning from West Africa and notifying state and local health authorities, with links to infection prevention control guidelines and resources.  The Advisory is at http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00371.asp.

Ebola

CDC has released “Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals.”  Standard, contact, and droplet precautions are recommended for any patients with known or suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever.  Though these recommendations focus on the hospital setting, the recommendations for personal protective equipment (PPE) and environmental infection control measures are applicable to any healthcare setting.  This guidance is not intended to apply to persons outside of healthcare settings.  As additional information becomes available, these recommendations will be re-evaluated and updated as needed.  See http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html.